Sharon Osbourne’s father dies at 81
SHARON Osbourne’s music mogul father, Don Arden, has died at the age of 81.
The infamous rock manager oversaw the careers of acts like the Small Faces, the Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath, fronted by Ozzy Osbourne.
He was renowned for his violent temper and was estranged from his daughter for 20 years. Osbourne, 54, fought her father to manage her rock-star husband.
Arden was one of the most prominent figures in the pop business of the 1960s and 1970s. He was dubbed the Al Capone of Pop and The English Godfather for his threatening business techniques.
His methods were alleged to include beatings and kneecappings, and he once got his “heavies” to dangle an entrepreneur out of a thirdstorey window by his ankles for attempting to lure away the Small Faces.
X Factor judge Osbourne was reconciled with him in 2002, after he developed Alzheimer’s disease. The star’s spokesman Gary Farrow said Arden died in a nursing home in Los Angeles.
Osbourne recently revealed in a TV interview the psychological scars from her father’s behaviour remained with her.
She said: “I was surrounded by violent people, violent talk, violent behaviour, so there was nothing unusual seeing my dad threatening someone, or brandishing a firearm.
“My father really had a temper. He had a voice which would echo through the entire house. He would whack me and used to yank my hair. I wouldn’t say I was abused and beaten. In those days, it was a normal thing.”
US songwriter Ron Miller, whose tunes included pop classics Touch Me in the Morning and For Once in My Life, has died. He was 74.
Miller died yesterday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Centre. He had emphysema and cancer.